Pope hails Pyeongchang peace moves as he praises paralympians
Pope Francis has praised the Pyeongchang Olympics for showing that sport can “build bridges between countries in conflict and give a valid contribution to peace”.
The Holy Father delivered the message during his general audience ahead of the start of the Paralympics. He praised the Paralympic athletes as “examples of courage, perseverance and tenacity in not letting limitations have the last word”.
During the recent Winter Olympics, North and South Korean officials met, and a summit is now scheduled for the first time in a decade.
The pope, who has expressed repeated alarm about the prospects of nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula, said the just-completed games showed how sport can bring peace, and the Paralympics even more so.
He offered prayers “for peace and joy for all”.Tags: general audience, Korea, North Korea, Olympics, Paralympics, Pope, Pope Francis, Pyeongchang, Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korea